One suspected militant chief gunned down, another security personnel found dead

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    IMPHAL, Feb 3: Security forces claimed to have gunned down a militant suspect believed to be army chief of KCP MC (Lamyanba Khuman) at Motbung Kholuimol under Saikul police station in the after noon today and recovered several weapons.
    The victim is identified as one Naorem Arun of Nilakuthi Koirengei.
    According to sources, the incident occurred around 12:30 pm in an encounter when a combined team of security forces launched an operation following specific information of presence of militants in the said area.
    The sources said that during the search operation the combined team came under heavy firing from the militants whose numbers could not be ascertained. Subsequently the security forces retaliated to the firing. After searching the area a militant cadre was found killed at the same time recovered several weapons from the encounter site, said the sources.
    The recovered items included two AK-47 rifles along with 37 live ammunitions, one AK-56 rifle, one M-16, one Lethode gun, one Chinese hand grenade, eleven empty case of ammunition and assorted live ammunitions.
    The corpse body was later retrieved by Sapermeina Police station and deposited at the RIMS morgue for further identification.
    Meanwhile joggers early today morning found a dead body from near the plastic industry Takyelpat, under Lamphel PS.
    The dead person has been identified as one Sadokpam Pomenta, 34, s/o Gouramani of Tera Sadokpam Pukhri Mapal a jawan of the 4th India Reserve Battalion (IRB) who has been absconding since he was attacked by a mob following his hand behind the murder of his wife some time back. He is further identified to be originally from Ghari Changangei however settling at Tera Sadokpam since facing the mob fury.
    According to official sources, the lifeless corpse was found by joggers early morning today.
    The cause of death is yet to be ascertained, as no visible sign or mark was found on the body.

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